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Royal Exemption

In 1976, Princess Anne was a member of the English equestrian team in the Montreal Olympics. In the only exception to qualifying standards in Olympic history, she was exempted from the mandatory physical examination.

[Her sex, it is safe to assume, had been incontrovertibly established by royal physicians.]

[When the Olympic Games were revived in 1896, considerable deliberation was given to the selection of the colors which would grace the five Olympic rings. In order to cause as little offense as possible, at least one of the chosen colors -- red, blue, black, green, and yellow -- appeared in the flag of every country on the planet.]

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